We have looked at defenders and goalkeepers in our previous pieces and we look at midfielders here. There are five midfield slots to be filled and given their values, this is an area where most of your budget will be spent so it makes sense to spend a fair bit of attention on picking on your midfielders.
Broadly speaking, there are three categories of pricing in midfield:
- More than 8.5 – at this price range you find the who’s who of midfielders, players who are playmakers, wingers and potential goalscorers for top teams in the World Cup
- 6.5 to 8.0 – A wide array of players are in this price buckets, including less attacking midfielders of top tier teams and a handful of top names in mid-tier sides
- 6.0 and cheaper – players in this range are either attacking midfielders of lower tier sides or defensive midfielders.
As a rule of thumb, always go for midfielders with goal scoring potential, even if they play for unfancied teams. It’s quite pointless to pick defensive midfielders who rarely even attack.
THOMAS MULLER (GER | 9.5)
Muller is the current active top goal scorer of the World Cup, with already 10 goals to his name. He plays a free role for the German side, floating between the midfield and the forwards. He is well worth his price because Germany will do well enough to progress, as always have done at the largest World stage.
JAMES RODRIGUEZ (COL | 9.0)
If James can reproduce his form from 2014 then he is more than worth the 9.0 he cost. He is however, a slight risk at this price and furthermore, Colombia is in Group H so there is little maneuverability should he not perform. That said, he gets our vote as a pick because the Colombians have a relatively easy group and James will be in with the goals.
ANGEL DI MARIA (ARG | 9.0)
Argentina are blessed with attacking talents but Di Maria is probably the second most important player behind Messi in the team. He is a guaranteed starter and will operate on the flanks, providing the width. He is worth a few goals and assists from the 3 Group games.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO (BRA | 9.0)
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